Die Letzte Blume: Eine Parabel und 27 Fabeln für unsere Zeit
The second half of this paperback is a translation of Thurber's Fables for Our Times, complete with the illustrations. The first half is a work I did not know: The Last Flower. It is like a children's flip-book. One holds the book sideways, so that the left-hand page becomes the top. These top pages contain simple sentences. The lower pages are Thurber's cartoons. The story tells how World War XII destroys civilization. One flower starts a process whereby humans find life again. They build things up until there are again soldiers and conflicts. The war this time destroys everything, except one man, one woman, and a flower. The book lacks both covers and is in as tender a condition as that last flower on earth.